Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from disappointing displays against Manchester United and West Brom recently with three points against high-flying Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
After their draw with relegation-threatened West Brom last time out, Guardiola is likely to ring the changes in his starting XI ahead of the trip to St Mary’s, to give his side the best chance possible of picking up maximum points.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Guardiola to line his side up against Southampton on Saturday, with four changes from the team that started against West Brom…
There are two changes in defence, as Kyle Walker returns at right-back, with Joao Cancelo taking over from Benjamin Mendy at left-back, whilst John Stones returns to the defence, in the hope that he can continue his excellent partnership with Ruben Dias.
Guardiola has heaped the praise on Mendy in the past, saying:
“He has incredible physicality when he is fit when his mind is in the right position.
“He’s in an extraordinary player. Now, they have to fight between them – each other – and we will decide who plays at left-back.”
However, his defensive ability is definitely questionable, so the Spanish manager should favour Cancelo at left-back for what could be a tricky game against the Saints’ dangerous front line.
The midfield trio stays the same, with Kevin De Bruyne extremely unfortunate to not be on the winning side against West Brom as the Citizens wasted two late chances after superb crosses from the Belgian midfielder.
There are two changes in attack, as Ferran Torres replaces Riyad Mahrez on the right-wing, whilst Sergio Aguero could solve City’s goalscoring problem by adding some much-needed finishing instinct in the opposition box, as Gabriel Jesus’ lack of goals this season have proved to be a big issue for Guardiola.